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From Patricia Shanahan <>
Subject Re: Introduction and a project
Date Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:10:32 GMT
I want to emphasize that anyone who tries to do something and gets stuck 
should post questions here or on Somebody 
else may have already solved your problem, and your ideas may help 
someone else.

On 2/10/2017 10:40 AM, Patricia Shanahan wrote:
> Introduction:
> I'm a member of the OpenOffice Project Management Committee. Some time
> ago, I pushed the creation of the recruitment@ mailing list, and offered
> to do some mentoring of new volunteers.
> The good news is that, although now retired, I am a very experienced
> developer. The bad news is that I am relatively new to OpenOffice
> development.  We will be learning its implementation together.
> There seems to be a critical mass of developers here, so I would like to
> offer you a joint project. I'm asking each person to attack this from
> their own point of view, using their own skills and resources. Whenever
> you find out anything about the problem, please post it here. The hope
> is that your combined skills will be even more effective than each of
> you could be individually.
> Project:
> There is a difference between spreadsheet and text document behavior.
> The text document behavior is the more desirable. The objective is to
> understand why spreadsheets don't behave the same way, and fix it.
> OpenOffice supports embedded OLE document links. I created each of the
> attached files by creating a new document and then inserting a link:
> Insert -> Object -> OLE Object
> In the dialog, pick "Create from file" radio button, enable "Link to
> file", and select a text file. The one I used contained the text "This
> is the dummy file on the Windows 10 computer", and the path to the file
> is c:/OpenOfficeDev/test_files/dummy.txt. If you want to use a different
> path, you should create your own test files.
> To see the different behavior, open each file on a computer that has a
> file with the same path but different content. The text file
> original.odt asks if you want to update links. If you select "yes" you
> will see the content on the computer on which you are running, not the
> original text. The spreadsheet original.ods does not - it just uses the
> copy of the original text from original.ods.
> I would like to get the spreadsheet to go through the same dialog as the
> text document.
> Resources:
> The key for developers getting started is the build instructions at
> Even if you don't want to actually build, you can use it for getting
> access to the source code.
> There is an index of the source code at
> There may well be better
> tools for doing the same job - feel free to post suggestions here.
> Some of the files contain German comments. There is a problem for those
> of us who do not know German. The usual solution of pasting the text
> into an on-line translator does not work well because of the style and
> jargon. Fortunately, we have some people who are fluent in both German
> and English, and a system for asking them to translate a specific
> module. If you are familiar with Bugzilla, or want to learn it, see
> If you prefer not to
> deal with Bugzilla at this time, post the path to the file here and I'll
> request translation.
> Of course, ask any questions here as well as posting any results you get.

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